AAS 205th Meeting, 9-13 January 2005
Session 68 Observations of GRBs and Other Transients
Poster, Tuesday, January 11, 2005, 9:20am-6:30pm, Exhibit Hall

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[68.06] Software development for a gamma-ray burst rapid-response observatory in the US Virgin Islands.

K. A. Davis, T. W. Giblin, J. E. Neff, J. Hakkila (College of Charleston), D. Hartmann (Clemson University)

The site is situated near the crest of Crown Mountain on the island of St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands. The observing site is strategically located 65 W longitude, placing it as the most eastern GRB-dedicated observing site in the western hemisphere. The observatory has a 0.5 m robotic telescope and a Marconi 4240 2048 by 2048 CCD with BVRI filters. The field of view is identical to that of the XRT onboard Swift, 19 by 19 arc minutes. The telescope is operated through the Talon telescope control software. The observatory is notified of a burst trigger through the GRB Coordinates Network (GCN). This GCN notification is received through a socket connection to the control computer on site. A Perl script passes this information to the Talon software, which automatically interrupts concurrent observations and inserts a new GRB observing schedule. Once the observations are made the resulting images are then analyzed in IRAF. A source extraction is necessary to identify known sources and the optical transient. The system is being calibrated for automatic GRB response and is expected to be ready to follow up Swift observations. This work has been supported by NSF and NASA-EPSCoR.

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